parting

noun
part·​ing | \ ˈpär-tiŋ How to pronounce parting (audio) \

Definition of parting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place or point where a division or separation occurs
parting of the ways
1 : a point of separation or divergence
2 : a place or time at which a choice must be made

parting

adjective

Definition of parting (Entry 2 of 2)

: given, taken, or done at parting a parting kiss

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Synonyms for parting

Synonyms: Noun

farewell, leave-taking, separation

Synonyms: Adjective

farewell, valedictory

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Examples of parting in a Sentence

Noun

I feared the morning, for I knew that our parting would be difficult. On parting, he took my hand and promised to return. “Good-night, good-night! Parting is such sweet sorrow…” — Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet the parting of the Red Sea

Adjective

His parting words to me were “Be patient.” As her parting shot, she said that the other candidate simply did not understand the needs of the city's citizens.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some inmates are leaving the Bexar County Jail with a parting gift — the lifesaving medication Narcan. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Some jail inmates in San Antonio will go home a little safer," 20 Aug. 2019 Bauer, while very talented, is an iconoclast and a parting was inevitable at some point. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Why the Indians are a major threat to win the AL pennant," 17 Aug. 2019 And so, if there had to be a parting of the ways; who would go and who would stay? Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Festival of Books is a paradise for bibliophiles," 17 Aug. 2019 Osato and Osazuwa were separated by gender on the same boat and had no time for parting words. Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "The Lost Daughters of Salerno," 1 July 2019 As his parting shot in Alaska, Steve Thompson is teaching kids how to stop shots. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Goaltending guru runs one last camp before leaving Alaska for USA Hockey coaching position," 28 June 2019 The Raiders made a wave of roster cuts Friday that included parting with a veteran linebacker and a former third-round pick. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ Brandon Marshall, Eddie Vanderdoes among first wave of roster cuts," 30 Aug. 2019 The waiter, back to his carefree self, returned with a parting gift. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, "At L’Accolade, Artful Appetizers Pose as Drinking Food," 17 Aug. 2019 As with Dragic, and to a lesser degree Meyers Leonard, that could have the Heat weighing to cash out with Olynyk at February's NBA trading deadline, to at least get something in return rather than a July parting with nothing in return. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Is Kelly Olynyk an expiring commodity for Heat? | Commentary," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of parting

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1562, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parting was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for parting

parting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a time or occurrence when people leave each other
: the act of separating something into two or more parts
British : the line where a person's hair is separated

parting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of parting (Entry 2 of 2)

: given, taken, or done when leaving someone

parting

noun
part·​ing | \ ˈpär-tiŋ How to pronounce parting (audio) \

Kids Definition of parting

: an act of leaving someone Our parting was a sad occasion.

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